Make Dog Training Fun, Not A Chore!
I always tell my clients that dog training is something you should enjoy doing with your dog not something that you dread. I have always found that training with my dog was so exciting when the light bulb goes off and the dog grasps the new exercise. I know it is just as exciting for the dog as it is for the trainer.
One thing that you can do to add a little excitement to your training sessions is to change things around. Don’t get into the habit of always making your training sessions the same. Change the order that you do the exercises in so your dog does not get bored.
After the initial training it is a good idea to change up your training locations. You can start inside then move to the backyard and then to the front yard. Once your dog is doing the exercises well in the front yard then start doing them while you go for a walk around the neighborhood.
When your dog has started doing the exercises well start using them in your everyday life. For example start requiring your dog to do a down stay while you eat dinner or a sit stay while you wash the dishes. Get the dog used to the fact that these exercises aren’t only for when we are training, they are required all the time.
I want you to keep in mind that training should not only be fun for you but it should also be fun for your dog. Make sure you give your dog a ton of praise when it does a good job. Praise is something that people always seem to be stingy with, especially men. Women are usually much better with their praise than men.
I always suggest that you do something that your dog enjoys after a training session. If your dog likes to retrieve a ball then throw it. If it enjoys a walk then walk it. You get the idea. This simply gives your dog something to look forward to after each training session.
Remember that training your dog not only gives you a trained dog but it also establishes you as the master and develops that great master dog relationship. There is just nothing better than a well trained dog that you can enjoy and are able to take with you and be assured that your dog will not be a problem. So go out there and enjoy the training!
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Until next time,
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About the Author: Wayne Booth is owner of Canine Behavior Specialistsin Nashville, TN. Wayne has been teaching people how to become Professional Dog Trainers since 1990 and he is the Training Director ofCanine Behavior Specialists Network.